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article imagePhoto Essay: The Hong Kong Apple Store Special

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Dec 1, 2013 in World
Hong Kong - In the International Financial Center mall on Hong Kong Island, a modern Apple Store rises in glass and steel above the busy streets as a monument to technology.
I bought my first Apple computer when I was studying English at San Diego State University. It was boxy and white, and I used it to write my Master's thesis. When my daughter Jessica turned 5, I bought her a pink iMac desktop with matching pink keyboard and mouse. In 2004, I purchased the silver Apple Powerbook G4 laptop that I am using now to write this photo essay. What other computer could last 9 years and still work on the Internet, traveling the world with me from California to New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, and now China?
When I went to Hong Kong to get my Chinese work visa, I accidentally found the Apple Store while looking for Central Station. It hung above a busy street, surrounded by skyscrapers in the International Financial Center that connects the Central Metro Station (MTR) with the IFC mall, a luxury hotel, and fine restaurants. I couldn't resist snapping a photo of that famous white apple, like the one that glows behind my laptop's monitor. I climbed up into the mall and found the store entrance, then strolled inside, unnoticed as I took photos of computer displays and views out its plate-glass windows.
"This is a fitting monument to the good technology that Steve Jobs helped develop," I thought as I strolled down isles of sleek new PowerBook Pros with Retina Displays and ultra-thin MacBook Airs. I remembered getting Jessica a green iPod mini when she was 13, so she could easily listen to music. Now she's 21, and I miss her, far away in California with my ex-husband while I travel the world, teaching English and using my old Apple laptop to design photo essays, blogs, Youtube videos, and write books. My son Jonathan just turned 18 and got his first black iPhone and matching iPad for college. We are an Apple family.
I felt a little sad as I walked, took photos, and remembered. I really do need a new Apple laptop, but I don't have the money now (what with trips to Hong Kong to get my Chinese work visa). Apple is for those who can afford it, and it spoils us for ever using a cheaper PC. I wish Apple had a plan to reward loyal customers who might turn their old computers in for a new one they can no longer afford.
I wrote poetry on my little silver laptop keys, my fingers flying across them as if playing a piano, words like music hanging in the air around me. I wrote fantasy stories about a slave girl locked in battle with a wizard's crystal sword. I wrote the hard nonfiction of surviving cancer and divorce. As I left the Hong Kong Apple Store and looked back one last time, I imagined Steve Jobs there among his creations, half visible like light shining through glass. He mixed poetry with technology. Even if he never rewarded me with a new computer for my long customer loyalty—I would like to thank him in this place.
The Apple Store at IFC Mall near Central Station  Hong Kong Island
The Apple Store at IFC Mall near Central Station, Hong Kong Island
The Apple Store from inside IFC mall
The Apple Store from inside IFC mall
Apple store in Hong Kong.
Apple store in Hong Kong.
Customers browse music players  iPods  new computers and phones inside an Apple store.
Customers browse music players, iPods, new computers and phones inside an Apple store.
Apple experts gathered near the glass windows
Apple experts gathered near the glass windows
View to the right outside the store s plate glass windows
View to the right outside the store's plate glass windows
Center view
Center view
View to the left
View to the left
Glass stairs led to the upper level where experts could give technical advice
Glass stairs led to the upper level where experts could give technical advice
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